The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard


VideoMuscle film 300 recreated superbly in Skyrim

"When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected."

VideoThe Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dawnguard trailer

On Xbox 360 this summer for 1600 Microsoft Points.

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The archaeologists of Skyrim

Meet the players trying to bring Tamriel's lost history to life.

In the dank underbelly of Riften, through the sewers that service the town and into the dripping cistern that the Thieves Guild calls home, is a man called Rune. He rises at 8am, stands about for most of the day until 10pm, and then goes to practise with his dagger on a dummy for a few hours until bedtime.

The Skyrim mod to Enderal

If you're impatient for a new Elder Scrolls, this long-awaited mod should do the trick.

This all seems mighty familiar. The sun splits the trees to my right while long sprawling shadows are cast over the lake; fireflies flutter overhead, close enough to be plucked out of the air; a nearby waterfall cascades from a river hundreds of feet above.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim remaster announced

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim remaster announced

UPDATE: Saves will transfer on PC. Special Edition a free upgrade if you own all DLC or Legendary Edition on Steam.

UPDATE 2: It's confirmed that saves will transfer between vanilla Skyrim and Skyrim: Special Edition on PC.

Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines confirmed the following on Twitter:

UPDATE: Bethesda has announced that if you own Skyrim on Steam and all its downloadable content, or if you own the Legendary Edition, you'll be upgraded to the Special Edition for free.

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Teenager's massive Skyrim mod took 2000 hours to make

"Falskaar was my day job." Now he wants a job at Bethesda.

Imagine being 19 years old and coveting a job at Bethesda Game Studios, renowned maker of The Elder Scrolls series of RPGs and Fallout 3. What would you do? How could you get this most prestigious developer's attention?

Skyrim: Legendary Edition confirmed

Skyrim: Legendary Edition confirmed

Game and all the DLC for 40.

Bethesda has announced the heavily-rumoured Skyrim: Legendary Edition.

It launches in Europe and Australia on 7th June for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for 39.99.

The Legendary Edition includes all the downloadable add-ons, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, and all the nifty added features implemented since the game's 2011 launch, including combat camera, mounted combat, the Legendary difficulty mode and Legendary skills.

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Skyrim Dragonborn confirmed for PC and PS3 early next year

Skyrim Dragonborn confirmed for PC and PS3 early next year

UPDATE: Bethesda: “We think Dragonborn is our best add-on for Skyrim yet." That's why it's coming to PS3 ahead of the MIA other DLCs.

Update: When asked why Dragonborn would be coming out on all formats when the previous DLCs still hadn't made it on PS3, Bethesda responded, “We think Dragonborn is our best add-on for Skyrim yet, and we didn't want fans to wait long, so that's our current focus. Each platform takes a lot of time and attention.”

But where are all the other DLCs on PS3? Are they in the pipeline? “As noted in our blog post, we're not done with content for Skyrim," said Bethesda. "When we're ready to share more details, we'll update everyone.” I'm afraid that's all we're getting on the MIA DLCs for now.

Original Story: Bethesda has confirmed that Skyrim DLC Dragonborn will be released on PC and PS3 early next year.

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There are 10,000 Skyrim Workshop PC mods

And they're not all clothes removers.

If you can, own an Elder Scrolls game on PC - partly for the performance gains, but mostly for the mods. These fix, alter and improve the games in ways Bethesda wouldn't, or is too busy to.

Skyrim 1.7 update is now available on Steam

Skyrim 1.7 update is now available on Steam

Submitted to console manufacturers

Skyrim patch 1.7 that fixes numerous bits and bobs is out now for all Steam users. Previously it was only available in beta form.

Bethesda also announced plans to submit the update to console manufacturers this week, so it should arrive on those platforms shortly. This is most exciting for Xbox 360 users as several of the bug fixes and updates are directly related to Kinect voice-functionality or the currently Xbox 360 exclusive Dawnguard DLC.

Speaking of which, no announcement has been made about just when Dawnguard will hit other platforms, but vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Pete Hines tweeted that more info will likely be revealed about that this week as its 30-day Xbox 360 exclusivity agreement is over.

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Bethesda says "we have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform" 30 days after Xbox 360 release

Bethesda marketing chief Pete Hines took to Twitter last night to comment on the Dawnguard downloadable content. Fans had expected it to launch on PC and PlayStation 3 this week after 30 days of Xbox 360 exclusivity, in-line with previous Bethesda Game Studios DLC, but it did not.

"We have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform, nor given a timeline for any such news," he said. "If we have news, I promise I'd tell you."

Then: "I was simply stating that expecting/demanding something today is unfounded. Not that news is never coming."

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Skyrim beta update 1.7 now on Steam

Skyrim beta update 1.7 now on Steam

Fewer crashes, more Kinect support.

The beta for Skyrim's upcoming 1.7 title update is available now on Steam, Bethesda has announced.

The patch will come to consoles next and include features PS3 players missed out on from the 1.6 update, like mounted combat.

Below is the full list of fixes:

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Steam's Summer Sale list leaked

Updated: new and more detailed information.

Update: The list has been fleshed out with additional information from the person who unearthed this content from the Steam registry - NeoGAF forum poster PaulLFC.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dawnguard Review

Dawnguard, the first download add-on for Bethesda's world-conquering Skyrim, is a curious thing. Unlike the blockbuster ambitions of BioWare, Bethesda RPGs are more about place than plot. They're about roaming, poking around and seeing what happens, and the various quest lines are there to tug you in the direction of new places.

That's why Bethesda downloadable content usually introduces some new, separate area to explore, away from the main map. Dawnguard, in contrast, squeezes its handful of new locations into the tiny spaces not already occupied in Tamriel. That means that a lot of its impact relies on the story, and that's not the game's strongest suit.

You're tipped off about the Dawnguard in the usual gossipy ambient - a snatch of conversation, a hint from a talkative guard - and then you're off to the eastern edge of the map to sign up with this long-dormant band of vampire slayers. From there you investigate the activities of a local bloodsucker clan, and the larger story begins to unfurl. Soon enough you're given the chance to pick a side - sticking with the Dawnguard to keep Skyrim safe or succumbing to the promise of life as a Vampire Lord.

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Skyrim expansion Dawnguard out now on Xbox 360

Skyrim expansion Dawnguard out now on Xbox 360

UPDATE: How to access the new content.

UPDATE 2: Bethesda has issued a note explaining how to access the Dawnguard content, and confirmed that player characters do not have to be level 10 or higher to enjoy it.

"Once Dawnguard is installed, if you're level 10 or higher you'll hear rumors about the Dawnguard from guards in major cities," Bethesda explained. "You may also be approached by a courier who will give you a note about the Dawnguard.

"Otherwise, if your character is below level 10 or you wish to find the Dawnguard on your own, you can seek out the Dawnguard headquarters roughly east/southeast of Riften. It can be reached by a small cave through the mountains."

Read more Podcast #115: Next-Gen Hunters

Oli, Bertie and TomB try to detect the future. Also: Dawnguard, sparks and dance-offs.

Hello you! Welcome back to normal service on the Podcast. After last week's brilliant Eurogameological crossover series with the Gameological Society's John Teti in LA, this week we're back in rainy/sunny Brighton with me, Oli Welsh and Robert "Bertie/Birdie" Purchese.

Half of 1% of Skyrim Dawnguard beta applicants received invites

Half of 1% of Skyrim Dawnguard beta applicants received invites

Plus, 1.6 update available for all Steam users today.

Half of one per cent of Skyrim Dawnguard beta applicants received invites, Bethesda has revealed.

Around 75 per cent of the total invitations went out yesterday, Bethesda Game Studios tweeted. The rest go out today.

Dawnguard is the first downloadable add-on for last year's phenomenally successful fantasy role-playing game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Bertie checked it out at E3. Read his Dawnguard preview here.

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Skyrim 1.6 update goes live on Xbox 360

Skyrim 1.6 update goes live on Xbox 360

Mounted combat! Bug fixes!

The Skyrim 1.6 update is now live on Xbox 360, Bethesda has announced.

It brings mounted combat to the openworld fantasy role-playing game for the first time and implements a raft of bug fixes.

The beta update is already available on PC via Steam.

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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dawnguard Preview

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dawnguard Preview

Playing as a Vampire Lord in the game's first expansion.

In Dawnguard, you can become a Vampire Lord. If you choose to, that is. Hours in, you'll face a choice - do you want to be a Vampire Lord or do you want to join the Dawnguard, the vampire hunters? You'll hear about the new content through Skyrim's guards, who tell you the Dawnguard are recruiting. The content will be available early on in the Skyrim game, but the real meat won't begin until level 10.

In our E3 demo, we're already hours into the Dawnguard expansion, and we're a level 29 Vampire Lord. We're in a tomb with a woman called Serana, who's either a vampire or had a very late night, judging by her red eyes. The quest we activate and follow with her has us summon stony steps to a place called Soul Cairn. It's an eerie, otherworldly place that's almost black and white. Skeletons and ghosts and ethereal balls of light roam around, and lightning strikes around us. Serana, it comes to play, is a very important part of the puzzle to find an Elder Scroll - the main quest - and to thwart the Tyranny of Sun prophecy that will wipe the vampires out. We'll leave the spoilers there, not that we got much further in.

A Vampire Lord is different to a vampire in the normal Skyrim game. You shape-shift to become a Vampire Lord, a bit like becoming a Werewolf, and you can Revert Form if and when you like. A Vampire Lord has two arms and two bony wings that have sprouted from its gnarled and twisted back. It's a devilishly cool look. The Vampire Lord is primarily a caster, similar to how the Werewolf primarily uses melee. The Vampire Lord can hover and walk. When hovering, the Vampire Lord uses magical attacks. When walking - a state changed by clicking the left analogue stick - the Vampire lord swipes with its clawed hands. Holding down the left bumper has the Vampire Lord flap its wings and fly-sprint, and the effect can be sustained for a relatively long time. The Vampire Lord can also walk across water by virtue of its hovering.

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Skyrim Dawnguard DLC gets Xbox 360 beta

Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC gets an Xbox 360-only beta run-out this Summer, developer Bethesda has announced.

Sign-up is now open over on the Dawnguard site, though you'll need to have an account for the official Elder Scrolls forums to put your name down.

Should you be picked out of the hat some time in the next week or so, you'll get early access to the entire expansion, Achievements and all, and will not have to pay for the privilege.

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